Yesterday I shared how I was taught as a child that people who accept government assistance are greedy and lazy. There’s a reason my parents had that steryotype in their heads, though. It’s because almost every lazy and greedy American qualifies for government assistance and is on it.
Pretty much any greedy lazy person you know in America is on government assistance. I’m sure there are a few exceptions of lazy children of the filthy rich, but most lazy, greedy people tend to be poor (or quickly headed in that direction).
If they’re really lazy, then they probably get a lot of assistance from the government. They may have a “disability” (which is usually nothing but extreme laziness, but they’ve gotten labeled as having severe depression or anxiety disorder), so they can collect SSI. They get the maximum amount of food stamps and it provides more money for them to spend on food for the month than most families their same size spend in 2 or even 3 months.
Even though being on assistance doesn’t mean I’m lazy and greedy, I know I’m participating in a program that the lazy, greedy moms with children under the age of 5 participate in.
Here me right: I’m not saying that everyone who is on WIC is greedy and lazy. I’m not saying everyone who is disabled and on disability is greedy and lazy. I’m saying that many people who are on WIC or disability are greedy and lazy, and some on disablity are only disabled by their laziness.
When you’re included in a group that has all the dead beats of America in it with you, it’s embarrassing, it makes you feel bad, and it makes you question if it must mean you’re a dead beat too.
The truth is there are a lot of lazy, greedy dead beats on government assistance. But that doesn’t mean all people on government assistance are lazy, greedy people. You can be in one circle without being in the other.